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Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co.

Kevin Nashan’s Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. has joined Gerard Craft’s Pastaria as the most accessible way to eat food from a James Beard Award-winning chef in St. Louis. Nashan nabbed “Best Chef: Midwest” honors in May 2017, and while his flagship Sidney Street Café remains a spot for special occasions and date nights, at Peacemaker you can get the gang together for a lobster or Maryland blue crab boil. Or you can do what I did on my most recent visit: Duck in for a casual lunch of the spicy, smoky gumbo and, my favorite dish here, the fried-clam roll with chive aioli.

Hours: Dinner daily, lunch Monday-Friday (opens at 1:30 p.m. Sunday)

Last year's ranking: Rest of the Best

Opened: 2014

Must order: Fried-clam roll ($9)